How Often Should Incontinence Pants be Changed?

How Often Should Incontinence Pants be Changed?

  • On March 8, 2019
  • incontinence pants

Incontinence pants are typically designed for those who are more mobile and have an active lifestyle. They are designed for light incontinence to heavy incontinence.

Incontinence pants are becoming incredibly popular as an option for protection. This is perhaps due to their normal-underwear style and discretion. Unlike pads, pants can be worn in replacement of normal underwear and many people find them more comfortable. There are two types of incontinence pants; incontinence briefs and pull up incontinence pants. Incontinence briefs, often known as “washables” are washable pants ideal for light incontinence. Incontinence pull ups, often known as “incontinence nappies”, are disposable and are ideal for light to heavy incontinence.


Pros and Cons of Incontinence Pants


  • Provide a normal underwear feel
  • Maximum discretion
  • Allow freedom of movement
  • Often feature an elasticated waistband



  • Harder to put on and take off in comparison to all in ones
  • Pant products are more expensive than pads
  • Less ideal for carers changing products when an individual is lying down


senior with incontinence pants

How Often Should Incontinence Pants be Changed?


If you prioritise being comfortable and dry consistently, always change pants BEFORE they become too wet. This act ensures you will not experience leakage, no matter how small. It is important to remember that wearing pants for too long when they are wet can lead to poor skin hygiene and cause bad odours. Products  that have been neglected can also cause conditions such as incontinence associated dermatitis and other infections.


How Do I Keep Odour Under Control with a Pant?


Most pants do have a feature called odour control technology, in which manufacturers place an odour sorbent and binder onto a layer in a product. A recent study found that worries of odour, loneliness and social isolation are key consequences for most incontinent individuals. This feature is therefore a huge help for quality of life. You can also invest in hygienic products to control odour. The Magic Odour Digester is ideal for eliminating odours quickly. This product works through chemically altering the properties of the odour molecules.

Can I Re-Use a Wet Pant?


The answer to this is simple: do not re-use an incontinence pant. A wet pant is likely to deteriorate more quickly and cause unwanted leakage. You are more at risk of developing skin conditions such as incontinence associated dermatitis.


In addition to wearing products, skin care is important in incontinence management. Shop our Skin Care Range for optimum skin protection.

Do You Have Sensitive Skin? Read our Guide to Choosing Incontinence Pads for Sensitive Skin

What if My Pant is Not Absorbent Enough?


If your pant is not absorbent enough, you may need to choose a product with a higher absorbency. If you are on a budget or looking for a cheaper product, you can simply wear an insert pad inside your pants for extra security.

Recommended Washable Briefs

Ladies Cotton Comfy Black

  • 100% cotton brief with built-in absorbent pad with waterproof back
  • 100mls
  • Cost effective option
  • Durable



Buy Ladies Cotton Comfy Brief

Men's Washable Boxer Short Incontinence Pants

  • Washable male incontinence pants
  • Modern boxer short style
  • 100% cotton



Buy Men’s Washable Boxer Short Incontinence Pants

Unisex Incontinence Brief Black

  • Waterproof backing
  • Super absorbent pad
  • 100% cotton


Buy Unisex Incontinence Brief Black

Recommended Pull Up Pants

TENA Pants Discreet

  • “Feel Dry” Top sheet 
  • Unobtrustive
  • Body-close fit

Price from £7.35

Buy TENA Pants Discreet

iD Pants Normal

  • Anti-leakage protection cuffs
  • Anatomical adaption
  • Fast absorption layer
  • For moderate incontinence

Price from £7.38

Buy iD Pants Normal

Lille SupremPants Maxi

  • For heavy incontinence
  • Maximum discretion
  • Breathable waterproof backing

Price from £8.59

Buy Lille SupremPants Maxi

Are you willing to try an incontinence pad? Read our guide to the different types of incontinence pads


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